Man dies saving boy from icy pond


COLUMBUS (AP) -- Columbus police say a man who jumped into an icy pond to save his 5-year-old neighbor has died and the boy is in critical condition.

Authorities say the boy fell through the ice of a pond at an apartment complex on the city's southeast side Thursday night. Before rescuers arrived, 30-year-old James R. Jenkins jumped into the water to try to save the boy.

Police say bystanders tried to rescue the pair, but the two submerged.

They were pulled from the pond several minutes later after rescue divers arrived.

Jenkins was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The boy was taken to Children's Hospital, and his condition is considered life-threatening.

Temperatures in Columbus rose to the mid-40s Thursday after several days with overnight temperatures well below freezing.

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